Submissions: Weird Noir

Having opened my big mouth, it seems I’m now editing a collection for Fox Spirit:

Weird Noir

On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR, featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters aren’t just your average molls and mugs — the vamps might just be vamps. It’s Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but irresistible all the same.

Writer already confirmed for the collection (i.e. I already have their stories or their souls  in my possession) include Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel.

But there’s room for a few more.

Story  length
4-10K (negotiable)

Payment
$10 advance against future royalties, split 70-30 with the publisher.

Format
Word .doc (not docx), Times New Roman 12pt font, 1″ margins, double spaced

If you have a previously unpublished story you’d be interested in contributing, let me know. Stories will be due September 5. I’m particularly interested in characters who show a little more of the diversity evident in the real world. And tentacles — they’re not just for weird porn! If you want some insight into the editor who will be choosing the stories, see my website. I won’t know how much space there is left until all my invitees turn in their stories (or don’t). So I won’t  get back to you before the end of September at the earliest, so don’t bug me (unless you want me to give you your story back so you can send it elsewhere).

Cheers —

Kate

(katelaity at gmail)

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15 Comments

  1. Might have something suitable, with a slightly humorous slant.

  2. Now I REALLY Want to write something. Tentacles.. they are not just for porn.. heh you Lovecraftian wench!

  3. I might have something however it’s been published before and is 3k. Would you be interested?

  4. Reblogged this on K. A. Laity and commented:

    If you want to get a little weird…

  5. […] … and lookie, I am innit! […]

  6. […] Writers already confirmed for the collection include Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill and Jason Michel. Find out more here. […]

  7. Hello. If there is still space on the anthology, I have something that clocks in at about 5-6,000 words and could have you a draft by the end of August (it’s still in first draft mode currently). You can find me at http://www.americantypo.wordpress.com. I mostly write horror but am also into weird fiction.

  8. […] a vengeance at Noir Con, which looks to be shaping up into quite an event. If you think you have a story that fits the criteria, send it […]

  9. I’m in! Putting my nose to the grindstone.

  10. […] happily stumbling into a call for Weird Noir via twitter (THANK YOU to whoever retweeted that link!), I had just finished reading What it Was […]

  11. […] happily stumbling into a call for Weird Noir via twitter (THANK YOU to whoever retweeted that link!), I had just finished reading What it Was […]


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